YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 26 C MIN 12 C FARMERS’ RESENTMENT HAS PUT NITISH KUMAR IN TIGHT SPOT OPINION Sky will be clear. RANCHI SUNDAY, 8 NOV, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—10, ISSUE—185 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) YASHVARDHAN SINHA TAKES OATH AS NEW CIC NEW DELHI: Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha took oath as the new Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) here on Saturday, a Rashtrapati Bhavan statement said. President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath to Sinha as the CIC at a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan this morning. The post was lying vacant since the retirement of Bimal Julka on August 26. Sinha will have a tenure of about three years as the CIC. Three new Information Commissioners will be administered the oath of office later in the day by Sinha. ADANI PLACES SUCCESSFUL BID FOR COMMERCIAL COAL MINE IN J’KHAND NEW DELHI: Adani Enterprises Ltd placed winning bids for sole coal blocks put on auction by the government on the sixth for commercial mining lease auctions on Saturday. Adani Enterprises placed the winning bid for Gondulpara coal block in Jharkhand. The mine placed on auction on the sixth day has a total coal reserve of over 176.33 million tonne and peak rated annual capacity is estimated at 4 MTs. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 8,469,661 TOTAL DEATH: 125,692 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 49,818,904 TOTAL DEATH: 1,251,218 SPORTS Morning India Rs. 5 AT A GLANCE INDIA ADDS 1 MORE EYE IN SKY, RADAR IMAGING SATELLITE LIFTS OFF CM approves MSP to procure paddy in State COVID-19 has taught self-reliance is necessary: PM CM Hemant Soren at a function in Ranchi, Saturday. SANJAY SAHAY RANCHI: Chief Minister Hemant Soren has given approval to the rice procurement plan for the Kharif season 2020-21. With it, the minimum support price (MSP) of ordinary variety of paddy will be Rs 2,050 per quintal and that of grade A will be Rs 2,070 per quintal. According to the public relations department, the Centre has fixed procurement price for ordinary variety at paddy at Rs 1,868 per quintal while the rate of grade A rice will be Rs 1,888 per quintal. The state government aims to give a bonus of Rs 182 per quintal on all varieties of paddy. The proposal in this regard will be presented before the cabinet scheduled on Monday for approval. The Jharkhand State Food and Civil Supplies Corporation Limited would operate the rice procurement centers. The procurement centres would be in adequate numbers keeping the number of registered farmers and their distance from the block office in mind. The corporation would take the aid of the consumers affairs department while taking decision on the number of centres at the district level in Jharkhand. Soren also approved the proposal for providing social security and employee pension fund (EPF) to members of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. The decision was taken in view of the direction of the central government and the demands raised by MNREGA workers engaged on a contract basis. The state government was receiving letters for social security and EPF for the MNREGA workers through various mediums. Meanwhile, taking serious note of the murder of a woman in a market in Dumka, the chief minister has asked the deputy commissioner to take strict action against the culprits. The CM was informed that the woman named Pushpa ran a shop in the market. She was shot at by her nephew in the morning. Locals rushed her to the nearby hospital where doctors declared her brought dead. It may be stated here that the nephew had a dispute with the woman over a shop in the market. Police are carrying out raids to nab him. Voters stand in queues at the polling station to cast votes for the third phase of Bihar Assembly Election, in Kishanganj on Saturday. ANI Bihar poised for tough electoral battle; RJD may lead with 85 seats NEW DELHI: An electoral victory with big margins may not be the case in Bihar, where the final phase of Assembly elections concluded on Saturday, as per the IANS CVoter Exit Poll. Though it seems the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) may jack up with a projection of 85 seats, the BJP is also in the striking range with 70 seats, as per the exit poll. According to the exit poll, RJD, which has projected Tejashwi Yadav as its chief ministerial face, is likely to win 85 out of the 144 seats it has contested. The RJD has a probable strike rate of 59 per cent. The BJP, which is contesting on 110 seats, is likely to win 70 seats, with a probable strike rate of 63.6 per cent. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal-United (JD-U) seems to be adversely hit by 15 years of anti-incumbency, and is likely to win 42 out of 115 seats it has contested, with a probable strike rate of 36.5 per cent. The Congress, which is contesting on 70 seats, is likely win 25 seats with a probable strike rate of 35.7 per cent. Evaluating the political parties in the electoral fray on marginal seats, which are likely to have less than 3 per cent margin of victory (Mov), it is apparent that the Opposition alliance -- RJD, Congress and Left parties -- may have such margins at nearly 42 seats. Whereas, the NDA has 29 marginal seats. This also means that just 1.5 per cent swing of votes can change the results in these seats. On the aspect of runner-up in these marginal seats, the BJP is likely to be second on 16 seats and the JD-U on 28 seats. The RJD will be runner-up in 14 marginal seats and the Congress on 8 seats. An electoral victory with big margins may not be the case in Bihar, where the final phase of Assembly elections concluded on Saturday, as per the IANS CVoter Exit Poll. Though it seems the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) may jack up with a projection of 85 seats, the BJP is also in the striking range with 70 seats, as per the exit poll. According to the exit poll, RJD, which has projected Tejashwi Yadav as its chief ministerial face, is likely to win 85 out of the 144 seats it has contested. The RJD has a probable strike rate of 59 per cent. The BJP, which is contesting on 110 seats, is likely to win 70 seats, with a probable strike rate of 63.6 per cent. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal-United (JD-U) seems to be adversely hit by 15 years of anti-incumbency, and is likely to win 42 out of 115 seats it has contested, with a probable strike rate of 36.5 per cent. The Congress, which is contesting on 70 seats, is likely win 25 seats with a probable strike rate of 35.7 per cent. Evaluating the political parties in the electoral fray on marginal seats, which are likely to have less than 3 per cent margin of victory (Mov). NEW DELHI: The coronavirus pandemic has taught a lesson to the world that globalisation is important but being self-reliant is also necessary, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday. PM Modi said this during his speech at the 51st Annual Convocation of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, in which he took part through video conferencing. "COVID-19 has taught the world one more thing. Globalisation is important but along with it self-reliance is also important. The Atmanirbhar Bharat mission is important for providing youth, technocrats, tech enterprise leaders with new opportunities. They should be able to freely implement, scale and market their ideas, innovations. A conducive atmosphere has been made for this," the PM said. He further said the country is committed to giving Ease of Doing Business to its youth so that they can facilitate Ease of Living to the people of the country. "The reforms done in several sectors in recent days are also done with the same intent. For the first time, unlimited opportunities are open for innovation and startups in the agriculture sector. For the first time, the roads are open for private investment in space sector. Just two days ago, a big reform was made for ease of doing business in BPO sector," he said. He also highlighted that such provisions which disallowed work from home and work from anywhere in the tech industry have been removed to make the information technology (IT) sector competitive globally and provide young talent with more opportunities. He said that the government is taking decisions based on the needs of the industry and future into account. "The rules of the last century cannot decide the future of coming century," PM Modi said and added that India is among those countries where corporate tax is among the lowest. He further said that after the Startup India mission was launched, over 50,000 new startups were started in the country. "It is due to the government's efforts that the number of patents has increased four times. Trademark registration has also seen five-fold increase.” Several prominent personalities set No relief for Goswami, HC to join BJP in Bengal, says Amit Shah reserves order on interim bail KOLKATA: A long list of leaders and important people from the ruling party and elsewhere are all set to join BJP soon, claimed Union Home minister Amit Shah here last night. Speaking to newsmen before rounding off his two day visit to West Bengal, Shah replying to queries from newsmen about the possibility of BCCI President and former Indian Cricket Captain Saurav Ganguly along with state Transport minister and a senior Trinamool Congress leader Shubhendu Adhikari to join BJP before the 2021 state Assembly elections, said not only these two, but several other leaders were ready to join. He,however, did not disclose any name further for obvious reasons. Also replying to another query about the possible face of Chief minister in case BJP returned to power next year, the Home minister refused to comment but said said it was not fair for him to say anything on the subject since a final decision in this regard would be taken by the BJP Parliamentary Board and the party's All India President (J P Nadda) after considering all political aspects. To another query, he however, categorically ruled out any possibility of the imposition of Article 356 in Bengal prior to the election as demanded by state party leaders. He however, rather jokingly said since the elections were only a few months away in next May, there is no need to impose the President's Rule here. He also supported the role of Governor Jagdeep Dhankar and criticised the sudden transfer of Darjeeling SP after his meeting with the Constitutional head of the state in Raj Bhavan only a couple of days ago. MUMBAI: Giving no relief to Republic TV Managing Director and Editor in Chief Arnab Goswami, the Bombay High Court reserved its order on his bail plea after his arrest by Maharashtra Police in a double-suicide abetment case, here on Saturday. Simultaneously, a division bench comprising Justice S. S. Shinde and Justice M. S. Karnik allowed Goswami to approach the lower court for seeking regular bail under CrPC Sec 439 which can be decided within four days after hearing all the parties concerned. Goswami was arrested on November 4 in connection with the double-suicide case of architect Anvay Naik and his mother Kumud Naik on May 5, 2018 for alleged nonpayment of his dues by the accused (Goswami). Naik's widow Akshata Naik and their daughter Adnya Naik, have filed a separate plea seeking a reinves- tigation into the case or transferring it to an independent agency for a probe. In another development, the Raigad Sessions Court posted for hearing on Monday a plea by the Raigad Police challenging an order of the Chief Judicial Magistrate Sunaina Pingle granting 14 days' judicial custody to Goswami. Two other accused in the same case -- Feroze Shaikh and Nitesh Sarda, both creditors of the late Naik, -- have also filed pleas in the Bombay High Court and the Raigad Court on similar grounds as Goswami on their arrest in the matter. Joe Biden defeats Donald Trump, becomes America’s President-elect US POLLS: AFTER FOUR FULL DAYS OF WAITING, 77-YEAR-OLD PULLED OFF ONE OF THE GREAT POLITICAL TURNAROUNDS IN AMERICA BY DEFEATING TRUMP NEW YORK: The moment has met Joseph R. Biden. The networks have called the US election for Biden. After four full days of waiting patiently for the slow march of vote counting to work itself out, Democratic vice presidential candidate Joseph R Biden, 77, pulled off one of the great political turnarounds in America by defeating Donald Trump in the US 2020 election and is now effectively the country's President-elect. Exactly 160 years ago around this time, Abraham Lincoln was elected US President. The current occupant of the White House continues to project a defiant public posture, though. White House insiders, although deflated, have been sending signals that Trump has no plans to concede until every last fight is finished. Five states are yet to report final results. For Biden, today's win caps a more than three decade hunt for the big prize. During that time, he has carried the burden of many personal sorrows in his winding path to America's highest office. Biden's victory comes amidst a most unusual terrain for a presidential election. From coast to coast, mail-in ballots did the star turn for Biden and his VP pick Kamala Harris in an election transformed by the coronavirus pandemic. Biden's big breakthrough came around 9 am Friday EST when he broke into the lead in Pennsylvania and initially overtook Trump by about 5,000 votes. Since then, that lead is only growing as votes continue to be counted. Oddly enough, this is the state where, in the week before election day, Trump told voters that he wanted to "get the hell out of here." That was a roundabout reference to the circumstances forcing Trump to campaign in places which he won comfortably in 2016 but the irony isn't lost in the context of a Biden win here. Biden is a sharp contrast to Trump, both in the personal and political realm. The last three days in particular have shown Americans glimpses of that very difference. Biden spent every day since November 3 trying to ease tensions and delivering his messages with little outward show of anxi- ety. The disciplined nature of the campaign extends to plans for the lame duck phase of the Trump presidency. Two full days before the final results came, the Biden campaign unveiled its transition website, underscoring its quiet confidence in what was to come. "I ask everyone to stay calm. The process is working," Biden has said repeatedly. "It is the will of the voters. No one, not anyone else who chooses the president of the United States of America." The Biden campaign believes it has crossed the Pennsylvania challenge and is "joyous", according to reporters on the ground in Delaware, the Biden headquarters. He is currently leading by 30,000 votes there. Millions of votes are still to be counted but even before we have the final tally, Biden has already 73 million votes nationally, the most in American political history. Trump is fuming, he remains defiant and continues to allege "fraud" in Pennsylvania and other battlegrounds. His children have chimed into the overall White House meltdown, in terms that generally occupy the wide arc between what's "legal" and "illegal". Earlier, Confident of their victory in the US presidential election, Democratic candidate Joe Biden and his running mate Senator Kamala Harris have begun working on the task ahead by focusing on two critical areas of public health and economy, both battered by the raging COVID-19 pandemic.